Billie Holiday

The Complete Decca Recordings

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Billie Holiday is heard at her absolute best on this attractive two-CD set. During her period on Decca, Lady Day was accompanied by strings (for the first time), large studio orchestras, and even background vocalists, so jazz solos from her sidemen are few. But her voice was at its strongest during the 1940s (even with her personal problems) and to hear all 50 of her Decca performances (including alternate takes and even some studio chatter) is a real joy. Among the high points of this essential set are her original versions of "Lover Man" (Holiday's biggest selling record), "Don't Explain," "Good Morning Heartache," "'Tain't Nobody's Business if I Do," "Now or Never," "Crazy He Calls Me," and remakes of "Them There Eyes" and "God Bless the Child."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:18
2 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:06 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:55
5 2:57 Spotify
6 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
7 3:24 Spotify
8 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:37
10 3:07
11 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
13 3:08 SpotifyAmazon
14 0:22 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:47 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:32 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:13 Spotify
18 3:12 Spotify
19 3:16 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:15 SpotifyAmazon
21 3:03
22 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
23 1:07 SpotifyAmazon
24 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
25 3:13
26 2:57

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:12
2 3:14 Spotify
3 3:10 Spotify
4 3:21
5 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:57
7 3:10
8 2:57
9 3:17 Amazon
10 3:21 Amazon
11 3:15
12 3:15
13 2:50
14 3:16
15 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
16 3:15
17 3:20
18 3:17
19 3:25
20 3:05
21 3:14
22 2:57
23 3:10
24 2:51
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